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National Museum of Rural Life

Explore life in the countryside at our five-star museum, farmhouse and historic working farm.

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Clydesdale horse

Our beautiful Clydesdale horses are one of the star attractions at the National Museum of Rural Life

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The Reid family

The Wester Kittochside Farm at National Museum of Rural Life was owned and run by the Reid family for more than 400 years.

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Colour photo of a combine harvester being used in the field
Harvesting machinery of the 20th century

At the National Museum of Rural Life we have a significant collection of 20th-century harvesting machines in our large machinery store.

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Architecture trail of the National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is housed in magnificent buildings. Find out about its striking architectural details below, and explore them further on your next visit to our Museum.

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Tractors

From the early 20th century, the tractor helped to transformed farm life in Scotland. There are several examples on display in the collection at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.

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Direction sign that reads "To the farm".
Museum map

Plan the perfect trip to the National Museum of Rural Life

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Tour the National Museum of Scotland on Google StreetView

The National Museum of Scotland has become the first museum or gallery in Scotland available for exploration online via Google Arts & Culture’s Museum View experience.

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Visitors look at a willow sculpture of a cat sitting on a wall
Willow Sculpture Trail

Discover our new trail on a walk to the farm.

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People walking around a plane.
National Lottery Open Weekend

On 16 and 17 March, the National Museum of Flight is taking part in the National Lottery Open Week.

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A large, 3-story gallery space with an atrium where life-size models of animals are on display including marine life which hangs from the ceiling.
National Museum of Scotland

Your journey of discovery starts here.

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Sporrans at the National War Museum
National War Museum

Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, the National War Museum tells the story of Scotland at war.

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Plane on the tarmac of an airfield.
National Museum of Flight

Wing your way to one of Scotland's top days out at East Fortune Airfield.

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Two horses, a sheep, and two lambs in a grassy field at the National Museum of Rural Life.
Clyde's Museum Adventure

Explore the highlights of the museum and our working farm with this family trail.

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Bright red tractor outside the National Museum of Rural Life
Booking tickets

The National Museum of Rural Life is open and tickets are available to book online.

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A museum employee stands with a horse in its stable in front of a group of school children
Trails for the National Museum of Rural Life

Explore inside the National Museum of Rural Life with your class using our themed trails.

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The Reid Family Christmas and New Year

The Wester Kittochside Farm at National Museum of Rural Life was owned and run by the Reid family for more than 400 years. Find out how the tenth laird and his family celebrated Christmas and New Year on the farm.

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Gift Vouchers

Purchase an e-gift voucher, which can be used for tickets to paid exhibitions and events at the National Museum of Scotland, National Museum of Flight and National Museum of Rural Life. Our e-gift vouchers can also be used to buy National Museums Scotland Membership to allow free, unlimited entry to all our museums and exhibitions.

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Scarecrow in a dirt field
Visiting FAQs

Learn more about what’s changed to help you plan your visit to the National Museum of Rural Life.

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A child running through a garden of flowers.
Spring Explorers

Our Spring Explorers school holiday activities are back at the National Museum of Rural Life.

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A mother and baby play with toy vegetables in a basket.
Tractor Tots

Tractor Tots is a bookable series of playful sensory singalong sessions for under-fives and their adults at the National Museum of Rural Life.

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A visitor looks at a cute calf which pops its head through a fence.
MooFest

Celebrate all things cattle at the National Museum of Rural Life.

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Woolly Weekend

Join us for a weekend of all things woolly at the National Museum of Rural Life.

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Wester Kittochside

The history of the Reid family and farming on the Wester Kittochside farm National Museum of Rural Life.

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Making the Museum

More than 10 million objects make their home at the National Museum of Scotland. Discover the secrets of our treasures with this unique five-part series.

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Anatomical drawing of the top half of a human from the back with skin partially pulled away to reveal muscle and veins underneath.
Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life

This exhibition explored the history of anatomical study, from artistic explorations by Leonardo da Vinci to the Burke and Hare murders.

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A family looking up at a statue in the Exploring East Asia gallery.
History of the National Museum of Scotland

In 2016, we celebrated 150 years since the magnificent building that houses the National Museum of Scotland first opened to the public. Explore the Museum’s history here.

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Two horses, a sheep, and two lambs in a grassy field at the National Museum of Rural Life.
Farm animals

Our working farm at the National Museum of Rural Life is home to Ayrshire, Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses.

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Bust of Robert Burns in profile, with short haircut and jacket.
Who was Robert Burns?

Discover the life of the National Bard through the collections of National Museums Scotland.

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Tour of the Kingdom of the Scots Gallery

Join curator Lydia Prosser for a guided virtual tour of our Kingdom of the Scots gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Scenic aerial image of the River Tweed and Eildon Hills on a sunny day, with crop marks from the Roman fort visible in the foreground.
Romans in Scotland: Trimontium Museum loan

Discover objects on loan to the new Trimontium Museum in the Scottish Borders

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Scottish Life Archive

The Scottish Life Archive is open to everyone. It aims to collect, record and preserve documentary and illustrative evidence of Scotland's material culture and social history.

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Sue's Sheepdog Trail

Explore the museum with Sue the sheepdog! Use the trail to find out about our bee's and fun facts about our animals in the farm

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Penelope's Trotter Trail

Explore the museum with Sue the sheepdog! Use the trail to find out about our bee's and fun facts about our animals in the farm

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Farm Trail

Come and meet lots of animals out on the farm!

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An illustration of a Highland Cow's head as it licks its nose.
Lewis’s Scottish Adventure Trail

Explore the museum galleries with Lewis the Highland bull in Lewis’s Scottish Adventure Trail, available in English and Gaelic

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Willow Trail

Inspired by the wildlife often spotted around the museum site and the animal residents at our farm, willow artist Anna Cross has created a beautiful collection of willow sculptures for you to discover as you explore outdoors.

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Chinese Oracle Bones

Visitors discovered some of the treasures within the National Museum Scotland's significant collection of oracle bones, the second largest in the world outside of China.

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The Maiden

Long before the French Revolution, the Scots had invented and were using the beheading machine known as the Maiden. It was used to execute criminals and political opponents of the crown from 1564 to 1710.

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The story of the plough

After 4,000 years the plough is still with us and its development has been at a slow and steady pace but the basic technology has remained the same. Discover more about this essential tool through ploughs in our collection.

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History

Discover the story of National Museums Scotland, from our 18th century beginnings to the present day.

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Three shoes on a black background. One is large with a radial pattern of straps, one is medium with less complex straps, and one is small with just the sole surviving.
Romans in Scotland: life on the frontier

Forts were not just military bases, they became the heart of communities

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Museum Stories with Chief Chebe

Join Chief Chebe as he takes you on two African storytelling adventures at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Seven members of a family running forward, with some holding umbrellas.
Top things to see and do

Make the most of your visit with our museum highlights. Your rural adventure starts here!

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